|Surveillance photo of Joe Waverly|
A jury took only four hours to reach their verdict clearing Cacace of murder in aid of racketeering in the killing of Police Officer Ralph Dols, who was shot to death in 1997 outside his home in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. The verdict was reached yesterday, Nov. 26.
Last year, Colombo gangster Thomas "Tommy Shots" Gioeli was acquitted of carrying out Cacace's alleged order, along with Dino Saracino.
Cacace, 72, didn't walk out of the courtroom a free man following his acquittal as he is in the process of serving a 20-year sentence for racketeering after admitting to carrying out a hit on a federal prosecutor.
He is not due to be released from prison until 2020 when he will be close to 80.
It has been alleged that Cacace ordered the hit on Dols for marrying Kimberly Kennaugh, the mobster's ex-wife.
Sources confirmed that despite the acquittal, what was alleged to have happened is actually what happened. But as G. Robert Blakey said, bad facts make for bad cases.
The prosecution didn't have the goods. An anonymous jury once again rejected the testimony of cooperating witnesses Dino Calabro and Joseph Competiello, who were part of the hit team that killed Dols.
Both pleaded guilty to the cop killing and are hoping they will receive a reduced sentence in return for their cooperation.